The Mellon Tutorial Pilot Project

2014 Mellon Tutorials

The Mellon Tutorial Pilot Project

With new grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Amherst College is able to continue and expand a tutorial project designed to strengthen opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration in the social sciences and humanities. The project seeks to develop and offer approximately six experimental tutorials per year, small-group experiences based on the research of Amherst Faculty. These tutorials are designed to enable students to engage in meaningful, substantive research with faculty before their senior year. We will offer two types of tutorials: one for sophomore students that will present ongoing research on a series of related questions in the faculty mentor’s area of expertise, and a second type of tutorial for juniors intended to facilitate the student’s identification and pursuit of a research topic. In the first type of tutorial, by exploring how different scholars approach a topic, students will learn to frame a research question, develop research strategies, and identify and use sources, be they archival, textual, electronic, human, or artifact. The second type of tutorial for juniors is intended to facilitate the student’s engagement with a research topic that dovetails closely with the scholarly interests of the faculty mentor. In some cases, the faculty mentor’s project may lend itself to faculty-student collaboration; in others, participating students will explore related questions, with the potential that the work of faculty mentor and student can each enrich the other.

Mellon Tutorials offered, Spring 2014

COLQ-230 Cultural Agency: Dance, Democracy and Tourism in Bahia, Brazil
Lucia M. Suarez (Section 01)

 COLQ-231 Shakespeare and the History of Books
Anston L. Bosman (Section 01)

 COLQ-232 Suicide Protest
Andrew L. Poe (Section 01)

 COLQ-234 America's Death Penalty
Austin D. Sarat  (Section 01)

 COLQ-236 Art, Things, Spaces, and Places from the Renaissance to the Enlightment
Nicola M. Courtright (Section 01)

 COLQ-237 The Senses in Motion
Heidi Gilpin (Section 01)

COLQ-332 Cities, Schools, and Space
Andy Anderson (Section 01)
Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)

COLQ-333 Advanced Topics in Latin America's Political Economy
Javier Corrales (Section 01)  **Offered Fall 2014**

 COLQ-334 Archives of Childhood
Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)

 Mellon Tutorials offered in 2012/2013:

COLQ-230 Dance, Democracy and Tourism in Bahia, Brazil
Lucía M. Suárez (Section 01)

COLQ-234 America's Death Penalty
Austin D. Sarat (Section 01)

COLQ-237 The Senses in Motion 
Heidi Gilpin (Section 01)

COLQ-333 Advanced Topics in Latin America's Political Economy
Javier Corrales (Section 01)

COLQ-332 Cities, Schools, and Space
Andy Anderson (Section 01)
Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)

COLQ-338 American Occupation of Germany                                                                                     Catherine Epstein (Section 01) 
Eileen Crosby-Ballou (Section 01)

COLQ-339 American Performance Culture circa 1900                                                                        Christopher Grobe (Section 01)

Mellon Tutorials offered in 2011/2012:

COLQ-234 America's Death Penalty
   Austin D. Sarat (Section 01)
COLQ-236 Art, Things, Spaces, and Places from the Renaissance to the Enlightment
   Nicola M. Courtright (Section 01)
COLQ-237 The Senses in Motion
   Heidi Gilpin (Section 01)
COLQ-238 Buddhism on the Silk Road
   Maria R. Heim (Section 01)
COLQ-333 Advanced Topics in Latin America's Political Economy
   Javier Corrales (Section 01)
COLQ-334 Archives of Childhood
   Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)
COLQ-336 Inquiries into the Catastrophic
   Christopher T. Dole (Section 01)
COLQ-347 The King James Bible:  Readings and Research
   Anston L. Bosman (Section 01)

Mellon Tutorials offered in 2010/2011:

 

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